New beginnings for Tenby’s De Valence Pavilion

Friday 6th February 2009 12:00 am
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New De Valence director, Victoria Smathers, with new Trust chairman, Mike Neal. Observer pic. ()

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There are big changes afoot at the Tenby De Valence Pavilion. March will see the launch of a new programme of community activities, with taster sessions in belly dancing, ballroom and salsa, drama classes, parent and toddler story telling and so much more... But what is the 'so much more'? Well, the new director, Victoria Smathers, wants the people of Tenby to let her know.

"We are hosting a 'Have Your Say' Open Day on Wednesday, February 18. The bar will be open from 4 - 7.30 pm and I will be there to listen to the views of the community on what they want to see happening here... and then make it happen," said Victoria.

The De Valence has already had a fantastic response to the questionnaires which were sent out in January.

"So many people have returned the forms and they all had so much to say, that it inspired us to have the open day. We've had requests for over 60s friendship groups, ballroom dancing and bridge evenings, as well as shows for children and after-school activities. The open day on February 18 will be an opportunity for me to meet the people of Tenby face to face and this is their chance to let the Tenby De Valence Pavilion be the best it can be for the Tenby community," said Victoria.

Anyone who can't make the open day can phone the De Valence for a questionnaire and to join the mailing list on 01834 843568.

New director, Victoria, has spent the last 12 years in the theatre arts industry, including Theatre Royal Bath, Bristol Old Vic and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

At the last council meeting, she told councillors that the "challenge of taking the De Valence forward inspires and excites me."

The De Valence Trust also has a new chairman, Mike Neal, a recently-retired insurance broker.

The new team are confident the De Valence will make it through these credit crunch times by being the community venue for Tenby.